Hi there. My name’s Mark and 30 odd years ago I used to sit in front of my parents’ electric fire making robots and spaceships out of cogs, wheels and bits of wood that my dad bought back from his job as a clock repairer.
Fast forward to the present day and here I am making Gizmobots. Gizmobots are found object robots that start life as finds from skips, second hand shops, car boot sales and scrap yards. Each robot is carefully crafted by me so that all the parts come together to create a very desirable quirky robot, each with their own personality. As a qualified electronics engineer, I sometimes re-appropriate old electronic equipment to give some of the robots I make a purpose, such as being an I-pod dock, a desk light or a working radio.
Gizmobots make the ideal present for the person who has everything as each one is unique and comes with its own instructions explaining its personality, likes, dislikes and hobbies.
I hope you enjoy meeting my creations!
These robots have been adopted (sold), but contact me and I'll build you one similar or visit my online shop.
Gizmo 1 : Gizmo
This is Gizmo, 12 inches tall and really, really cheeky. He was originally commissioned to reject bad beans in a baked bean factory (hence the hands) but his brass slipper fell off on the conveyer belt and he’s never been the same since. He likes dogs (but not the one who buried him last week), Ritz crackers and Coronation Street.
If you’d like to adopt him then a fee of £65 is required (I need to pay off his speeding fine)
Gizmo 2 : GhettoBot
Hi. My name’s GhettoBot and I can speak for myself thank you very much. Plug anything with a headphone output into me and I’ll play it for ya. I could use to lose a little weight (I’m 16 inches wide and 16 inches tall and coming in at a fifth of a stone, but it’s all about the bass, baby). I like music, horse radish and tandem skydiving-although I’ve never been.
It’ll cost you £95 to adopt me as my master has to clear my horse radish related debts.
Gizmo 3 : Bernard
Nice to meet you. Name’s Bernard. I’m 65 years old and I suffer from the robot equivalent of gout. I light up in all kinds of interesting ways via the design on my front and the light beams that shoot out of the grills on my bum. I stand 22 inches tall and used to be employed as a night watchman in a cheese factory. Only problem was that the mice always saw me coming. My favourite food is cheese (and pasta), my favourite place is under a tartan travel rug and my hobby is juggling.
It will cost you £95 to adopt Bernard as his Worthers Originals bill requires settlement.
Gizmo 4 : TestBot
TestBot will test anything for you from the temperature of your bath to your patience when she tries to steal your last Malteser. She’s a big girl at 20 inches tall and 15 inches wide, but they say big is beautiful. Her hobbies include jogging, eating crisps and watching Gok Wan. She will happily play any music source (I-pod, radio etc) that you plug into her 3.5mm jack socket.
TestBot will cost you £95 to adopt as she didn’t chip in for the last council tax payment.
Gizmo 5 : The Captain
‘The Captain’ used to work for the Swiss army as a Swiss Army Knife tester but you wouldn’t believe that from talking to him. He’ll tell you stories of active service in Vietnam and Afghanistan that are completely made up but quite funny. He likes war movies, books about war and dressing in combat clothes. There’s basically a war theme running with The Captain, but he’s cute in his own little way. He’s 18 inches tall and he too will play any music device you care to plug into him via the speakers on his back.
The Captain will cost you £75 to adopt as I need to clear his gambling debts.
Gizmo 6 : LankyBot
This is LankyBot, so called ‘cos he’s 29 inches tall and, well, lanky. His radio is fully operational and he likes nothing better than to listen to The Archers on Radio 4. As a fully paid up member of the Kylie Minogue appreciation society he’s been to over 40 of her gigs, the best one being in Milton Keynes where she danced with him on stage to ‘I Should Be So Lucky’. He loves M and M’s, which he flicks off the wall like Steve McQueens’ baseball in The Great Escape and then catches them in his mouth.
Lanky will cost you £95 to adopt as the next Kylie gig is in France and he needs the airfare.
Gizmo 7 : Ussain (Nut and) Bolt
This fella is Ussain (nut and) Bolt, so called ‘cos he can do the 100m in under 10 seconds. Human Ussain actually pinched his trademark celebration from this ‘bot after seeing him at the RoboOlympics in Clytheroe in 1996. Standing 23 inches tall he too is a music playing party ‘bot, playing any music device out through the speakers in his feet. His favourite food is Fray Bentos pies and he loves nothing better than watching a good Columbo on a Sunday.
Ussain (nut and) Bolt will cost you £95 to adopt as he needs to be registered for the next RoboOlympics in Barnsley. (If you adopt him then you get one free pass for a Tuesday and a free pie from ‘The Pies The Limit’ van)
Gizmo 8 : BerylBot
BerylBot is 55 years old and (mostly) comes from Jamaica. She used to be a professional hoola hoop dancing ‘Bot until her hips went at a gig in Wigan in 2010. Now she just feels light headed (geddit?) all the time. She’s 22 inches tall and is happy to accept energy saving bulbs, though not as payment for services. As a fully paid up member of the Alan Titchmarsh Appreciation Society, she can often be found making Arctic Rolls for her hero.
Beryl will cost you £95 to adopt as she needs the cash for a new tartan blanket and one of them pull-along granny basket things.
Gizmo 9 : Nettie
This is Netty. She’s as daft as a brush but very loyal. Her tail lights up when she’s happy and she’s is often seen chasing cars (she chews the wheel nuts). At 18 inches long and 12 inches high she’s still a puppy, but feed her on a diet of wire wool and paper clips and watch her grow!
Netty will cost you £95 to adopt as I need to pay the fine for her last car-related misdemeanour.
Gizmo 10 : Blinky LooLoo
Blinky LooLoo is best friends with Gizmo and she can often be heard singing to him of an evening. She is made from a working radio, but she chooses the programme she plays. Her choices can be unusual, ranging from Grime to classical, to which she always sings along. Her favourite food is Dairylea cheese triangles (eaten without taking the wrapper off) and Nobby’s Nuts. At 7 inches tall, she’s the baby of the family-but all the cuter for it.
Blinky LooLoo will cost you £75 to adopt because I had to pay the fire brigade to get her out of a tree last week.
Gizmo 11 : Robin
Robin is reliant, nosey and partial to Ritz crackers. He has 3 wheels (hence ‘Reliant Robin’) so his light can be easily positioned. His previous job as security for a peanut butter company led him into funny scrapes, not least than when he had to rescue Bruce Forsythe and Rhianna out of a vat of the stuff they’d fallen in to during a Sunpat Celebrity Crazy Golf Tournament. At 18 inches high it was quite a task for him, especially as Brucies chin kept getting caught on the edge of the barrel.
Reliant Robin will cost you £95 to adopt as he has to chip in for a lawyer to defend him in a court case he’d rather not go into….
Gizmo 12 : Gemima
Gemima is a light-bot. She used to be employed giving guided tours of the Disco Biscuit Mines just outside Glossop until she had a few too many one day at the end of tour sampling session. She still grins at the thought. She likes hats, Eggs Benedict and peanuts, which she sucks up noisily through a straw. At 19” tall she always stands out in a crowd.
Gemima will cost you £85 to adopt as she ran up a bad tab at the glow stick shop.
Gizmo 13 : Marvin
Marvin used to be a bouncer at a Weatherspoons in Grimsby until the owners found out about his sideline in dealing Worthers Originals to the punters. He loves to party (playing any music source with a 3.5mm jack out through his ears) and can often be seen raving to Cotton Eyed Joe at Sankeys. Standing at 19” tall, his favourite food is Jacobs Crackers with Peanut Butter and his pastimes include skiing and white water rafting.
Gizmo 14 : Squeaky
Squeaky will cool you with her in-built fan and alert you to trouble with the horn on her head. She’s 12” tall and cute as a button, playing mischievous games such as ‘knock and waddle’. She can fly-in a sort of vertical fashion if you throw her off a building hard enough. Her favourite food is gammon steak and pilchards, but she has difficulty with the key on the tin so you’ll have to help her.
Squeaky will cost you £65 to adopt as she wants to buy a bike so she can get around easier.
Gizmo 15 : DiscoDave
DiscoDave will light up your life with his fibre optic hair and light up chest. Although well over 50 years of age, he’s still regularly seen a-dancin’ at Fab Café with his pet budgie Cheep. He is a torch-bearer (geddit?) for the Whippet and Terrapin Fanciers Charity in Brinnington, although he may soon be sacked for gross misconduct. His favourite food is Spam and his favourite place in the whole world is Ayia Napa.
DiscoDave will cost you £75 to adopt as I need the cash to bribe the aforementioned Whippet and Terrapin Fanciers Charity in Brinnington.
Gizmo 16 : Buzby
Buzby is another flying robot (if you throw him hard enough off a tall building, he can maintain air for around 10-20 seconds (depending how tall the building is)). He stands at around 15” tall and loves charcoal biscuits and Farleys Rusks with Marmite. His favourite place is Victoria Railway Station ‘cos he likes people watching and licking the old tiles.
Buzby will cost you £55 to adopt as he’s run up a massive Brasso debt.
Gizmo 17 : Windy
Windy is a HoverBot, powered by Baked Beans and lentils. At 12 inches tall her tin body is useful for holding stuff and she can be programmed to hover above people you dislike and deposit things she’s digested on their heads. Her favourite food is beans and her pastimes include rugby and chick-flicks.
Windy will cost you £65 to adopt as I have to pay off her fine for dropping a load on David Camerons’ head at the last Tory conference.
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My name is Mark Haig and I’m an artist who works across a wide range of digital and physical disciplines. I can deliver bespoke workshops to your group, whether a one off fun session, or as part of a longer-term project. My robot themed workshops fit well with Key Stages 1,2 and 3 National Curriculum specifications on waste, recycling and design.
By helping groups generate and develop their own original ideas, explore materials and develop processes I help them design and make products with expressive outcomes.
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I have over 20 years experience of teaching a diverse range of pupils in a diverse range of environments, including schools, PRU’s, housing associations and art galleries. I have delivered many workshops on robot manufacturing, film, animation, theatre design and technical art installation. Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements further.